Daily Bulletin


Daily Bulletin

The Conversation

  • Written by Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra

Former British foreign secretary David Miliband has said Kevin Rudd “undoubtedly had the qualification” to be a candidate for the United Nations secretary-general post.

Miliband said Rudd is regarded as a “heavyweight” in the international environment.

“I think he is seen as someone with a genuine global view, at a time when the global community is struggling in areas such as security, economics, and the humanitarian refugee crisis,” Miliband told The Conversation.

Rudd was often seen as ahead of his time in understanding, for example, the rise of China and issues of multilateralism, he said.

Miliband said the race and selection process for the UN job was more open than ever before and to have had Rudd’s perspectives heard in the debate would have been valuable.

Last week the government refused to nominate Rudd, thus preventing him being a candidate. Malcolm Turnbull told the former prime minister and foreign minister that he was unsuited for the position.

After cabinet considered Rudd’s candidature, the official line was that the decision was left to Turnbull.

But disputing it was a “captain’s pick”, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said at the weekend there was a majority in cabinet against the Rudd nomination. This prompted leaks that cabinet was marginally in favour of the nomination – which was strongly supported by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop – before Turnbull and Joyce took over the matter, with Joyce saying he would back whatever Turnbull decided.

Miliband, who was the Labour government’s foreign secretary between 2007 and 2010, is CEO of the International Rescue Committee, a non-government humanitarian organisation that gives assistance in war-torn countries. He stressed he was speaking in his private capacity, not on behalf of the committee.

Miliband, now based in New York, said the assumption in diplomatic circles and among policy watchers had been that Rudd would be a candidate for the UN job. Rudd’s record and ideas meant that no-one was expressing any surprise at that.

In conversations about the secretary-generalship “no-one ever said to me that he was unqualified to be a candidate, that he was not worthy of consideration.

“There will undoubtedly be a view among those who want reform of the international system that it would be an enormous pity if his ideas for reform fell by the wayside because his candidacy fell by the wayside,” Miliband said.

Authors: Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra

Read more http://theconversation.com/former-uk-foreign-secretary-says-rudd-was-qualified-to-be-un-candidate-63461

Writers Wanted

Israeli court rules Malka Leifer should be extradited to Australia, but obstacles remain

arrow_forward

New Zealand relaxes COVID-19 restrictions, except for Auckland. How much longer will the city have to wait?

arrow_forward

The Conversation
INTERWEBS DIGITAL AGENCY

Politics

Did BLM Really Change the US Police Work?

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has proven that the power of the state rests in the hands of the people it governs. Following the death of 46-year-old black American George Floyd in a case of ...

a Guest Writer - avatar a Guest Writer

Scott Morrison: the right man at the right time

Australia is not at war with another nation or ideology in August 2020 but the nation is in conflict. There are serious threats from China and there are many challenges flowing from the pandemic tha...

Greg Rogers - avatar Greg Rogers

Prime Minister National Cabinet Statement

The National Cabinet met today to discuss Australia’s COVID-19 response, the Victoria outbreak, easing restrictions, helping Australians prepare to go back to work in a COVID-safe environment an...

Scott Morrison - avatar Scott Morrison

Business News

How To Remove Rubbish More Effectively

It can be a big task to remove household rubbish. The hardest part is finding the best way to get rid of your junk. It can be very overwhelming to know exactly where to start with so many option...

News Company - avatar News Company

4 Tips To Pass Skills Certifications Tests

Developing the right set of skills is valuable not only to your career, but for life in general. You can get certified in these skills through obtaining a license. Without a certified license, y...

News Company - avatar News Company

How to Secure Home-Based Entrepreneurs from Cyber Threats

Small businesses are becoming a trend nowadays. The people with entrepreneurial skills and minds are adopting home-based businesses because of their advantage and ease of working from home. But...

News Company - avatar News Company



News Company Media Core

Content & Technology Connecting Global Audiences

More Information - Less Opinion